Breaking down the Exchange Online vs. on-premises choice

The continuous feature release model of Exchange Online might be a boon for some, but others might consider the need for constant training to be a detriment.

We all know the cloud is there, but how does an organization determine if a move from an on-premises platform is the right one?

Many companies currently using Exchange Server cannot escape from the siren call of the cloud. Untold numbers of organizations will weigh the pros and cons of Exchange Online vs. on-premises Exchange Server. There are many reasons to move to the cloud, just as there are ones to stay put.

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Intune Explained

Intune was born as Microsoft’s Cloud based Mobile Device Management platform. Since then, it has grown into a management platform for both mobile devices and P.C.s. Intune can now manage iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, and some versions of Windows. It’s clear that Microsoft intends to grow Intune into a complete cloud-based device management platform.

The process of planning for an Intune roll out can be difficult. The features and functionality within Intune are ever evolving, so knowing how to deploy Intune effectively takes some studying. In this blog post, we’ll provide an introduction into Intune's current capabilities. We will test out what Intune can do to make your data more secure in a “Cloud First, Mobile First” world. 

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Office 365 Message Tracking Improvements

Microsoft has been working on improving the message tracking experience in Office 365. In this blog post we’ll look at the new message tracking features that are available in Office 365, and compare how the new interface is different from the old message tracing feature.

Message tracking within your messaging environment is the easy part. Office 365 keeps track of messages as they move around your tenant, and it gives you access to that data. So message tracking is very useful for finding out what happened to messages that were sent to your tenant, or that were sent within your tenant.

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Managing Teams with PowerShell

If your familiar with my writing, you know I'm a huge proponent of Office 365 administrators learning and using PowerShell. While it may be true that some admin tasks are easier to accomplish with a GUI, I'm strongly of the opinion that doing as much as possible in PowerShell will help build invaluable skills.

To that end, I recently decided it was time for me to figure out how to manage Teams with PowerShell. In this blog post I'll walk though some common, and maybe some less common, admin tasks for Microsoft Teams using PowerShell. There will be no GUI screenshots in this post. By the end of this blog, you should be able to put together a decent Teams management script.

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Security Playbook in Azure Security Center

Keeping your cloud-based IT infrastructure secure is a constant effort. The people who want access to your data are always working on ways they can get in, so both you and Microsoft need to be working on ways to keep them out. Microsoft is aware of this responsibility, and since you are reading this blog I assume you are as well.

Security Playbooks in Azure Security Center are a new preview tool in your Azure tenant to assist with the task of keeping your data secure. Security Playbooks can help automate your response to specific security alerts as they are detected by Security Center. There are templates available, or you can create your own Playbook from scratch. Playbooks use Azure Logic Apps, so charges for that service do apply.

In this blog post, we’re going to look at the features and functionality available in the preview of Security Playbooks. We will step through setting up a playbook, and we’ll see what playbooks have to offer.

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